Lancaster New Era from Lancaster, Pennsylvania on April 22, 1970 · 2
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Lancaster New Era from Lancaster, Pennsylvania · 2

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Wednesday, April 22, 1970
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2-LANCASTfR, PA NEW IRA WEDNESDAY, APRIL , 1970 Earth Day' Cleanup Starts Across U S. Collections of Lifter, Teach-ins Gel Under Way By Th Associated Press Americans cleaned up litter, went to teach-ins and put on street theater today for the first Earth Day. In West Virginia, five tons of garbage were picked up along a five-mile stretch of U.S. SO and dumped on the Harrison County Courthouse steps in Clarksburg. ELECTRIC BUS Mayor John V. Lindsay of New York drove to Earth Day events in an exhaustlcss electric bus. 'People are the real polluters," Lindsay said, 'it's a matter of habit for they have been littering for years." But consumer spokesman Ralph Nader told a Philadelphia audience Tuesday that industries are the worst offenders. He said neither Congress, the President, nor corporation leaders will change it. It will take a radical militant ethic" by consumers, Nader said. Former Interior Secretary Stewart Udall, speaking at Kent State University in Ohio, said we are "a nation of environmental slobs and called .the automobile the most de-- .structive element. The unprecedented event focuses attention in more than 2.000 communities across the country on pollution problems, both local and national. In addition, many groups slated massive clean-ups. ADS, TALKS At the same time, some corporations and large businesses singled out for criticism by anti-pollution groups took advertisements and planned talks at various school and .community groups to give tneir side of the story. ; ' Activities planned range from a "pollution trail in Ok-lahoma to grade schoolers litter pickup. Many were designed to highlight one of four areas: water pollution, air pollution, the automobile and general litter. Hundreds of motorists planned to forsake their automobiles for the day to protest pollution caused by the in-ternal combustion engine. New York Mayor John V. Lindsay planned to ride to ap-. pointments in an electric car. Traffic bans were scheduled uc- parts of many cities in-'-chiding New York and Philadelphia. The University of -Iowa in Iowa City planned a ' "Survival Parade of Nonmoto-ri7ed Transportation. AUTO BURIALS U-ixy V r ? fi- . 4 r ? school & " "I 'v Y.iV' Area Students 'Do Their Thing' to Fight Pollution on Earth Day Nw Er Pholo by Btrry Thummi Earth Day for some today was bicycle clay. These riders peddled to school at Pequca Valley High to dramatize Earth Day. It was their way of protesting exhaust fumes which pollute the air from school buses and automobiles. Some 30 students who usually take buses, rode bicycles to the school. Pa. Citizens Unite In Common Cause State Politicians, Scientists, Students Rally for Earth Day By The Associated Press Politicians rally, scientists teach, mass all with a common cause today: ment. Today is Earth Day, wrapup of a hard week spent to draw attention to wastes that poison land, sea and air. RETURN COAT HANGERS students environ- ,' ' m " .. t p , Other groups planned to bury autos and a group at Western Connecticut State College in Danbury will parade through town pulling a cart with a car engine. They plan to bury the engine on campus. One old car that was to have been smashed by junior high school students in Enumclaw, Wash , was given a stay of execution by Principal Fred Krueger. He said objecting parents wanted a more constructive form of protest. Air pollution is the target of a Boulder, Colo, group calling itself People United to Reclaim the Environment. They asked residents to curtail use of electricity in an attempt to "reduce air pollution caused by electricity-g e n e r a ting plants. In Jamestown, N.Y., the Ki-wanis Club will dump 20 tons of sand in the downtown area to demonstrate how much dirt falls on one square mile of the city during 30 days of maximum air pollution. WATER POLLUTION Water pollution was the concern of a group of women from Canada and the United Stater who joined forces Tuesday to picket on Zug Island in the Detroit River. They protested alleged pollution by the Great Lakes Steel Corp. Nursing students at the Uni-v e r s i t y of Connecticut in Storrs planned to drain and clean Duck Pond, adjoining their campus. "In recent years, we understand certain chemical pollutants which have found their way into the pond have killed numerous fish, said one student. "It seemed natural that w, as nursing students, would express our concern in cases where pollution could constitute a health deterrent. At St. Xavier College, a Roman Catholic womens school in Chicago, students will clean up a littered lake on their campus, install a sand bed and plant wild flow sirs on the shore. Among the litter collection efforts was that of fifth and sixth graders at the Whitehall, Mich., Elementary School. They got a head start on Straining at taut ropes, a boys try to clear a tangle of group of Warwick High School dead tree branches from Lititz Springs project. Creek during the students New Era Photo by Ed Sachs creek cleanup OVEN, AUTO PARTS, TIRES PROTEST POLLUTION Junk In Litjtz Creek Appalls Warwick Youths (Continued from Page One) get the students involved in cleaning up their environment but to make the community aware that the problem exists. This is only going to help for a while, she said. "But, at least for a while, unless everybody stops throwing junk into the creek, said another, "the creek will be prettv clean, thanks to these kids. Besides the personal satisfaction they got from their efforts, som? of them received coffee and doughnuts from the Manbeck Bakery on E. Main Street when they completed the job. Local Students Lead Earth Day Clean-Up Earth Day and have gathered 91,600 bottles and cans toward a goal of 200,000. One student complained that they couldnt find any more in the city so the campaign was extended beyond the city limits. Reynolds Metals Co. said it would send trucks to 18 colleges in 14 states to pick up aluminum cans collected during "trashins. They will pay for the cans and will recycle the aluminum for reuse. In addition the company will have speakers at 15 high schools and universities to answer questions about its operations and share with them our plans for a cleaner environment. CHICAGO TALKS In Chicago, employes of Commonwealth Edison Co. and Abbott Laboratories, two companies singled out for criticism by antipollution groups recently, will give talks at various high schools and colleges. A number of corporations lock newspaper advertisements today to tell what measures they were taking to deal w ith pollution problems. In the nation's schools and colleges a variety of teach-in programs and demonstrations were planned. Water fountains at the Coburn Elementary School in El mira, N.Y. will be turned off all day to give the children an idea of what it might be like to be w ithout fresh water. Students at McGuinness School in Oklahoma City planned to operate a pollution loom including a tub of water covered with a crude oil slick. They will be invited to dabble their hands in the water and "see how it feels to be a bird at Santa Barbara. Earth Day grew from a suggestion by Sen. Gaylord Nelson, D-Wis., who proposed a nationwide teach-in on environmental problems after observing the support mobilized for the antiwar campaign last November. A largely volunteer group in Washington has worked since January to coordinate efforts for todays event. At a news conference Tuesday, its national coordinator, Denis Hayes, said the group, Environmental Teach-In, Inc., a nonpartisan group, will reconstitute itself as Environmental Action. DIRECT EFFORTS It will begin moving into moe direct efforts to improve the environment, encouraging local and regional groups to get involved in stock proxy fights, lawsuits, demonstrations and elections to win environmental battles, he said. (Continued from Page One) on field trips. A special education group at the Millersville Middle School toured the Landis Valley Farm Museum. Landis Valley, and the Eph-rata Cloister, was opened for free today and showed movies and conducted demonstrations; a sharp contrast between the old, simple days and the complex problems of our society today. Clean-up campaigns were conducted by all of the Coca-licodistrict elementary schools at Reinholds, Schoe-neck and Reamstown. They cleaned up in the city, too, as classes at Reynolds Junior High spent part of the day scouring the school grounds. There were skits and films. BY AIR POLLUTION Catastrophic Warming of Earth Predicted by 2170 WASHINGTON (AP) - Air pollution will trigger a ca-tast-ophic warming of the eauh within 200 years unless man checks his plunge toward an overpopulated, industrialized planet, a government weather scientist said today. The release of increasing quantities of carbon dioxide and thermal pollution into the atmosphere threatens to change global weather and melt the Antarctic Ice Cap, flooding wide areas. Dr. J. Murray Mitchell Jr. said. BY END OF CENTURY He said man may begin to notice the change by the end of this century. Mitchell, giving his forecast of pollution dangers in an in-t e r v i e w outlining remarks planned for delivery at the American Geophysical Union's annual meeting, said suoh perils could come even if nrm learns to control air pollution caused by small dust pai tides in industrial smoke. A meterologist at the Environmental Science Services Administration ESSA Mitchell said carbon dioxide and thermal pollution produces a greenhouse atmospheric effect. tending to push the earths absorbed solar heat radiating back into the space. WASTE HEAT Thermal pollution comes frem waste heat from conventional or nuclear power plants. Carbon dioxide is produced from burning of petro-Him products, including gasoline. Mitchell said burning all the worlds fossil fuels and massive use of nuclear power plants will "throw prodigious amounts of heat into the atmosphere, and the global temperature is going to go up. Hempfield students viewed a film on local pollution produced by students at the school. At Elizabethtown High, a school assembly heard two Franklin and Marshall students, members of the Lancaster Air and Water Pollution Action Group. The students conducted a door-to-door information campaign and worked on various cleanup projects. ADULTS CONCERNED It wasnt all students. Some adults were concerned, too. A farmers wife called. She lived near Salnnga, she said, and Ive been reading about what all the students are dohg so I thought I should call, too. She was mad because a scenic spot near the farm along Chiques Creek is used as a dumping ground. Weve put up signs, she said, and we told the police, but nothing happens. We even put barrels down there, but they dump them out and steal the barrels. CLEAN AREA So Tuesday and today neighbors and township workers are cleaning out the area. Its such a pretty place, said the lady, that I wish they would let it be. Tonight at Long Park you can see what an ugly place Lancaster County is. Environmental Action, a local ecology group, will show slides on pollution in Lancaster County. The evening, starting at 7 p.m., has been billed as a Survival Fair. Besides the slides, there will be a discussion and music by Ryan and Bilge bands. To Lillian Maggio of Philadelphia Earth Day means returning coat hangers to the cleaners to be used again: not throwing them in the trash. To Tom Provenzano of Philadelphia it means bringing a sterilized jug to the supermarket to empty milk into, leaving he carton with the checker. To Dean Gerald S. Hawkins of Dickinson College it means planting a tree across from his home where a void was left when wind leveled one previously. Lilliam and Tom, both students, are working to curb trash buildup, a major contributor to air pollution when burned as refuse. 3 TREES PER PERSON Were told that we need three trees per person just to keep the world population in oxygen, said Dean Hawkins of Carlisle. Earth Week hasnt impressed me much, says John Leitmeyer of Philadelphia. Ive been aware of pollution for years and it will be here until the government does something about it. During Earth Week there have been teach-ins, lectures, demonstrations at rally sites in squares and plaza3 and on campuses across the nation, all intended to draw attention to a deteriorating environment. The City of Philadelphia closed many of the roads in Fairmount Park as thousands headed for Belmont Plateau and a day-long observance under a sunny sky. In downtown Philadelphia Earth Day lectures were scheduled at the Academy of Music. The biggest single factor is convincing people there is a critical problem, says George Manos of the department of environmental design of the Philadelphia College of Art. Philadelphias Earth Day Committee Tuesday gave out thousands of plastic hlue-and-white face masks to cover mouth and nose. Groups handed out ration packets containing a piece of bread, quarter-pound of rice and a tea bag average daily nutritional value for every person in the world if food resources were shared equally. The group said it used world population and food resource statictics of the U.S. government to make up 3,000 nutritional packets. A "10-block area of center city Philadelphia was. closed to vehicles Tuesday and 7,000 people rallied at Independence Mall to hear some of the cast of the Broadway musical, Hair sing Let the sunshine in ... from the song Aquarius. On an oversized cardboard behind a speakers podium was The Declaration of Interdependence for all to sign. It held that man and nature must learn to coexist or destroy each other. , In the finale to the week-long event around the state today, University of Pittsburgh scientists and public health experts planned lectures ,on food additives, radiation and noise control. The Allegheny County Commissioners have arranged a lecture program on air,- land and stream pollution. In Philadelphia U.S. . Sen. Edmund Muskie of Maine was to speak. Also Allen Ginsburg. U.S. Secretary of . Interior Stewart L. Udall was to speak on environment at Immacu-lata College. Ban Asked on Gas Shipment Ga. Comptroller Calls Earth Day Communist Plot ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) Comptroller Gen. James L. .Bentley, who sent out $1,600 worth of telegrams at taxpayers expense charging that Earth Day might be a Communist plot because it falls on Lenin's birthday, says he has changed his mind and will pay for the wires himself. I dont want to do anything like that in which there would be the slightest doubt, Bentley, a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor, said Tuesday. Bentley said he decided to pay for the telegrams to President Nixon and others after some taxpayers expressed doubt at the wisdom of his earlier action. PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -The governors of Oregon 'and Washington have launched a federal court challenge of the Armys plans to ship nerve gas from Okinawa to northeastern Oregon. . Govs. Tom McCall of Oregon and Daniel J. Evans of Washington filed suit in U.S. District Court Tuesday, asserting that Defense Secretary Melvin R. Laird acted illegally when he gave the two states the responsibility of safeguarding the train shipments of gas from Bangor, Wash., to the Umatilla'- Ordnance Depot near Herrtiiston, Ore. - WON'T BE SHIPPED A spokesman for the Defense Department said the gas would not be shipped until the court hands down a ruling. -. The governors asked for an injunction against the -shipment until it is assured there will be no hazards to public health and safety. McCall said the Army plart, cod e-named Operation Red Hat. directed the two states to prepare plans for evacuating residents along the train route should there be an accident, and to be prepared medically for a disaster. The suit contends that Laird does not have authority to require the two states to perform these duties. . . ; I t

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